What started off as a effortless way to meet new people has now turned into a regular evening activity. Pottery painting.
My latest project was a cookie jar. I wanted to make something really colourful to brighten up the white surfaces of the kitchen in my apartment. I used a range of seven colours to create a rainbow effect and left the paint drop down the sides.
I really never thought that I would be so enthusiastic about such a craft. Perhaps it’s the handmade factor (although some may argue that that’s not such a great thing), or the uncertainty of how the colours will really work once the pot is fired, or maybe its simply a very effective way to relax. (Personally, I think that bringing a bottle of wine to the studio is the real bonus).
‘The Clayroom’ is located in Coolidge Corner (map) and open everyday from 12pm until 10pm.
Late Friday night I made treacle tarts. Since I’ve blogged about this amazing recipe before, I wont spend too much time on it. However, I want to mention that you really DO need to use the right equipment when in the kitchen.
(1) Always use a greased tart tin. I couldn’t find a tart tin and improvised witha baking sheet lined with cup-cake cases. A greased tart tin will allow the tarts to keep their shape in the heat of the oven AND will stop the pastry from sticking to the cases/tin. Oops, forgot that one!
(2) If you’re feeling lazy then buy shop-bought pastry (as I did) but make sure it is the shortcrust variety. Regular pie pastry is puff-pastry and will give the tart a weird texture like vula-vonts.
(On the up-side, I did get to try the ‘Instagram‘ photo app on my phone… bloomin’ marvellous at transforming phone photos)
This week I am moving house. I am SO excited. My new place is unfurnished so I have an opportunity to really make it my own and put my stamp on it. Being on a budget, I have sourced most of … Continue reading →